Butler beats MTSU, gets back to Sweet 16

Middle Tennessee would like to raise its profile from mid-major darling to name-brand program, following a trail blazed by Butler over the last decade or so.

Williams was caught by surprise when Middle Tennessee upset Michigan State a year ago, so much so that he and Walters had to scramble to find a hotel room at the last minute in order to watch the second-round game. More Information For more on college basketball, follow Tom Davis on Twitter at Tom101010 and on Facebook at Thomas Davis. All eight Butler players scored at least four points, led by Kelan Martin's 19 off the bench. The program also made back to back appearances in the NCAA Tournament the past two years for the first time ever.

"I had a coach-friend send me a clip saying we weren't good enough to beat Middle Tennessee".

"I used to be the coach at Idaho, so I saw Gonzaga play at a place (gym) with 2,200", Davis said. However, they've proven they may be better than even that win showed.

Upshaw responded with seven straight points, including a 3-pointer and a reverse layup during a 7-3 run to help give Middle Tennessee a 10-point lead with 3:40 left.

Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson hit 10 of 15 shots, scored 27 points and had eight rebounds. A deflating three-pointer by Butler big man Andrew Chrabascz - his first and only attempt of the game - nudged the lead to six as the Blue Raiders started to panic. "[If] we just played our game, you know, we would be able to walk away with a win".

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Mary's, redshirt freshman guard Donte DiVincenzo entered the game and injected life into the Wildcats offense. Wisconsin shot 53 percent, improving to 17-0 this season when making more than 45 percent of its field goals.

Middle Tennessee is much more than just Upshaw, though. Middle Tennessee was 17-1 in Conference USA play, with its only defeat coming in a three-point loss at UTEP.

"It's been a goal of mine for a while", coach Kermit Davis, in his 15th season at Middle Tennessee, said about raising the team's stature as a mid-major. And their guard depth was so depleted by the end of the season that Pitino had few options to relieve his three starting guards, admitting Thursday, "We ran out of gas". But the Blue Raiders have established themselves as a risky mid-major team after beating Michigan State and Minnesota in the first round in back-to-back years in the tournament.

After shooting 1-of-4 in the first half, Chrabascz made his first four in the second half. That is higher than the Big Ten, the Southeastern Conference and the Pac-12 (ranking fourth through sixth, respectively).

Middle Tennessee plays a 1-3-1 defense, and they play it well. "We know what we've got to do". "There's a lot of pressure on us, there's no denying that, from our university".

"You're a one seed, you're supposed to get to the Final Four, get out of your bracket", he said. By halftime, Johnson eclipsed his season average of 4.4 points per game.

The dream ended with Giddy Potts barricading himself in a bathroom stall, undone by everything he did not do, sobbing because he accepted blame. "That was a big part of our game plan is could we impact things from the paint out and offensively". "I am so happy for him that he gets to share this moment as a senior - it is pretty special".


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